Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans Deliver Information on Benefits, Services Across Pennsylvania

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ANNVILLE, Pa., Feb. 2, 2018 — The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) may be headquartered in Lebanon County, but its ability to reach the state's nearly 820,000 veterans and their families extends to all corners of the commonwealth thanks to its two Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans.

“Our goal is to provide personalized assistance where our veterans live and to assist them with services, benefits and programs they might be eligible for,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “You will see our outreach vans at shopping centers, sporting events, county fairs, parades, festivals, and other events in communities throughout Pennsylvania.”

Staffed with accredited veteran service officers, each wheelchair-accessible van is a convenient resource to learn about a wide range of federal, state and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families. Such benefits might include connected disability compensation, pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state long-term care facilities, and much more.

In 2017, the vans traveled to 159 events across the state and DMVA staff interacted with nearly 2,900 veterans. DMVA's outreach staff coordinates each event with county directors of veterans affairs, veteran service organizations and local and state officials to maximize publicity and attendance.

To request a van for a community event and to find out where the vans will be, visit DMVA's webpage on Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera, 717-861-2178

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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